Cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking driver

Apr 15, 2017, 01:11
Cops fired after videos surface of them punching and kicking driver

The video from Wednesday afternoon showed Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni pulling 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins from his auto on a highway outside of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

A Georgia police department has launched a criminal investigation in response to a "disturbing" video that allegedly shows the officer kicking a handcuffed man in the head as he lays in the middle of a major roadway during a traffic stop. "We've been able to move swiftly to terminate this supervisor who not only stepped outside of his training and state law but he also failed to tell us what happened in the incident report and the use of force reports", Ayers said. The department says both men are now under criminal investigation. "There was a time when police could say, 'We need to wait for the full investigation.' Now, some departments are recognizing the importance of responding". Earlier, Master Police Officer Robert McDonald was sacked for his involvement in the arrest of Demetrius Hollins, 21, during a traffic stop near the town of Lawrenceville.

An ambulance then responded and treated the handcuffed man. Police say the officer's shift commander initiated an "immediate investigation".

The officer was placed on leave, forced to surrender his firearm and sent home, Washington said.

Police Chief Butch Ayers said when Bongiovanni spoke with internal affairs, he "said nothing about the punch", an action the chief called "unreasonable and unnecessary".

An officer, identified as Robert Mcdonald, walked up and kicked a 21-year-old man, who was handcuffed on the ground.

"The history of this department is that we investigate our own people". McDonald can be seen running over to the scene, and without stopping, viciously kicking Hollins' face. When he got out to talk to the driver, the officer claimed he could smell marijuana.

Hollins was driving a red Acura Integra with no license plate and a brake light that didn't work, and switched lanes three times without signaling, according to an incident report filed by Bongiovanni.

"One thing that we will not tolerate in this police department is providing false or misleading information", Ayers told reporters late Thursday.

Ayers said when Bongiovanni was asked about the discrepancies in his account and the newly surfaced video, he replied, "It's different on the streets". Police directed him to leave the vehicle off. Police report they smelled marijuana from the auto and told the drive he had been pulled over for changing lanes three times without using a signal.

He bonded out on traffic and possession of marijuana charges, exiting the jail with his attorneys by his side.